At Basic RV we get a lot of first time RVers and even those those that are just doing some research to see if RVing is for them. We get asked what its like to drive an RV all the time. RVs can be a load of fun to drive and a great way to travel. You won’t have to worry about dirty rest stop bathrooms or bed bugs from motels. However, RVs can be intimidating to drive for the first time.
Below are the three main difference between driving a normal car and an RV.
Handling – The way you approach driving circumstances like movement, stopping, and braking changes when you are driving an RV. The best way to get started is to find a long straight road without much traffic. Avoid small lanes, one-way streets, tree-lined boulevards, and parking garages until you feel comfortable with the size of the vehicle. When parking your vehicle the first few times have a passenger get out and guide you. If you are traveling alone you might want to get out and survey the area on the ground.
Braking and coming to a complete stop can take a little longer than your typical vehicle. It is important to always pay attention to the road due to this longer stop time. You will need to be able to make decisions much quicker. Other drivers on the road will probably try to pass you so be sure to check your blind spots when switching lanes.
A good investment for new RV drivers is a backup camera that you can attach to the back of the rig and have a monitor for the driver to watch.
Driving – Even experienced commercial drivers need to spend a couple of miles honing their RV driving abilities. Mirrors, windows, and even cameras can offer you some assistance with keeping track of your environment. Are there other automobiles driving nearby? What sort of activity is tailing you? Steady observation of the activity around you will help your response time if something ought to turn out badly. Braking is distinctive for an RV.
Your RV is higher than a normal vehicle or pickup truck. Some of the routes you are acquainted with could be improper for your RV. Be sure to lookout for tunnels, overpasses, parking structures, and bridges. A street map planned particularly for RV drivers or truck drivers will list the courses you can’t drive on. Large vehicles, similar to your RV, drive differently to lighter vehicles. For instance, if you somehow managed to go into a skidding scenario, your RV would be much harder to control. However, an RV can better adhere to the street with the correct tires, great suspension, load distribution, and center of gravity.
Dealing with Passengers – Towing a trailer, boat, or car changes the way you drive your coach. Not only must you make sure your general gross vehicle weight (GVW) is a good fit for your truck or RV, you must be sure the hitch is utilized appropriately. A good habit for you to create is a careful pretrip, midtrip, and posttrip assessment of your hitch, tow bar, or trailer.
Passengers can be a distraction for any driver, even more so in a RV on the grounds that individuals have a tendency to be talking, sitting in front of the TV, eating, or playing cards. Be sure to make it known to your passengers if you feel you are being distracted. Practice will offer you some assistance with developing great driving abilities that can keep you and your travelers safe. Before you get in the driver’s seat, arrange your excursion and get a lot of rest―and then drive with great attention to detail.
If you have any questions about driving an RV feel free to comment below. Happy RVing!